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Study puts productivity loss due to oral cancer in India in 2022 at USD 5.6 billion – ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: A study by Tata Memorial Center (TMC), a leading cancer treatment and research institute here, has estimated that productivity loss because of the country oral cancer was approximately in the year 2022 US$5.6 billion,

India Oral cancer contributes to two-thirds of global mortality and younger populations are at risk, said the study, which analyzed patients treated for the disease with a follow-up of 36 months between 2019 and 2020. How did it affect the 100 patients who went?

The average age of these patients at the time of diagnosis was 47 years, and the majority of them were men. Disease-specific survival for early and advanced stages of the disease was 85 percent and 70 percent, respectively, with a median age of 47 years.

“Overall (in terms of these 100 cases) 671 years were lost prematurely, the loss of productivity was US$41,900 for the early stage and US$96,044 for the advanced stage. Based on population level rates , of total cost premature death was US$ 5.6 billion in 2022, representing 0.18 percent of India’s Gross Domestic Product“The study said.

The study was conducted by Dr Arjun Singh, Associate Professor, TMC. Since the retirement age in India is around 62 years, 91 per cent of deaths or incurable recurrence of cancer occurred in the premature age group, whose average age was 41.5 years.

Both early (70 percent) and advanced (86 percent) stage cancers were from middle-class socio-economic status, with 53 percent of them requiring some form of insurance plans or financial assistance to complete treatment. Dr Singh said the productivity lost due to untimely death was calculated using a method called the human capital approach.

According to the study, productivity loss per death due to untimely death in women and men was Rs 57,22,803 and Rs 71,83,917 respectively.

  • Published on May 4, 2024 at 06:31 am IST

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